Top civil servant to discuss growth fund at conference

A business department director-general will set out how business-led local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) can access new devolved Whitehall growth funding at the Institute of Economic Development conference in Westminster later this month.

Bernadette Kelly, director-general for markets and framework at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will explain how the Single Local Growth Fund will work to boost economic competitiveness. Kelly will also discuss the help available for LEPs that fail to win funding from the pot.

She will be joined at the event, which takes place on 20 November, by former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, who will deliver the keynote address. Heseltine published his landmark No Stone Unturned report on economic growth last year.

Kelly and Heseltine will appear alongside Dr Sue Baxter, the deputy director of the EU programme at the business department, who will speak about the new European funding landscape.

The conference, organised in association with Regeneration & Renewal, will also include sessions on how planning can support the growth agenda and planning for economic growth and development.

Sponsors include Turley Associates, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, Warwick Economics and YTKO Group.

For more details and to book tickets, visit economicdevelopment

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